The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Martyn Brabbins gives invigorating and authoritative performances of William Walton’s masterful symphonies. The musicians balance stunning control with breathtaking energy and character. Following the resounding success of Belshazzar’s Feast, Walton spent three years perfecting his dramatic first symphony. The immensely virtuosic work displays an astounding range of colours and emotional volatility, reflecting the turbulence of Walton’s private life. Despite its fraught gestation—the first performance in 1934 by the London Symphony Orchestra was missing the finale—this work met with an ecstatic critical reception and has remained popular ever since.
This disc presents a survey of music by Finnish composer Toivo Kuula, a pupil of Sibelius. Best-known for his songs and choral music, Kuula s arresting orchestral music draws heavily on folk influences and constitutes some of the most striking Finnish music of its time. Renowned soprano Susan Gritton and the BBC Concert Orchestra under the inspired baton of Martyn Brabbins give spellbinding accounts of this gloriously colorful repertoire.
Martyn Brabbins is at the forefront of contemporary music: well renowned and high profile, he conducted at the opening Night of the Proms 2012. The three orchestral pieces presented here are a masterclass in orchestral colour and sound. Each piece was composed a decade apart and they give a good overall sense of Pickard’s development. Booklet notes are detailed and informative (by the composer).
The compositions presented on this CD belong to two periods of compositional practices. In the first period (2004–06), Haddad (b. 1972) aimed to achieve a synthesis of Arabic and Western music, without the usual Western gimmicks, i.e. tourism, exoticism or even "abstraction". His goal was true existential and transcendental integration, not a juxtaposition or imposition of one tradition on the other. In the latter period (2007–), the ever-questioning composer has been distancing himself from a direct, existential contact with Arabic culture.
2006 CD featuring all 16 of the surviving sessions this Scottish-born Folk legend recorded for the Bob Harris and John Peel radio programs at the BBC between 1973 and 1978. Martyn began his career as a teen in the late '60s and has become one of the most innovative and influential artists to come from the original British Folk scene. Features rare versions of tracks from his Inside Out, Solid Air, Sunday's Child and One World albums including 'Inside', 'Beverley', 'May You Never', 'Fine Lines', 'My Baby Girl', 'Over the Hill', 'One Day (Without You)' and more.